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August 20, 1946 ~ July 9, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Marikay Ross succumbed to her battle with cancer at Providence Hospital in Newberg, OR, on July 9th, 2023, at 2:05 PM surrounded by friends and family.
She was born on August 20th, 1946 and grew up in SW Portland. She was the oldest of three girls, her younger sisters Marsha and Lisa. She attended the Worldwide Church of God from early adulthood, married, and had two children, Kathryn Michelle and Michael Lundy. While her children were still young, she juggled her Stay At Home Mom duties and education, graduating from Marylhurst College in 1991 with a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies when her children were 9 and 12.
She faced many challenges in her life; her father's alcoholism and early death, the very public suicide of her sister and best friend, Marsha Hiltibrand, a divorce, dissolution of a church she built her life around, and navigating the waters of single motherhood and a one-income household.
She found herself in nature, art, music, and good friendship.
Marikay is survived by her sister Lisa Pieren, her two children, and six grandchildren.